Writing ideas: magical potions

Reading Time: 1 minute   Write about a potion. Think Alice in Wonderland’s “eat me”, “drink me”, shifting size and shape, changing herself to get through the door into Wonderland. Think about Jekyll and Hyde, the potion transforming the man into the pure evil monstrous desires within. Think about the wicked stepmother’s poisoning the apples that Snow White will buy from her. Think magical, mystical and strange. Who makes the potions? Is it Snape, toiling away in a tiny cupboard then teaching someone how to create magic in a bottle? Or the Big Friendly Giant collecting dreams in a glass jar? Or, think of …

Writing ideas: the ice hotel

Reading Time: 1 minute   This is from the beautiful Ice Hotel in Sweden. Write about going there – would you enjoy it? Or is it more like a romantic getaway gone horribly wrong when you were secretly hoping for a secluded lodge with a wood-burning hot tub?! Want some feedback on your writing? Post in the comments or find me on twitter @miss_tiggr

Revising for mocks – making the most of exam week

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this series, I’m looking at the ways get the most from mock exams, with practical steps to help you dial back the stress. Know your goals. Create a revision timetable 10 revision tips A good revision space  What to do during mocks (this post) Review, reflect, repeat Mock exams are there to help you. It’s a chance to practice in timed conditions – and often you don’t get much of that – and to see how you can do at that moment so you know what to work on. But exam weeks can be difficult; exams are close together, they …

The point of mocks – review, reflect, repeat

Reading Time: 4 minutes In this series, I’m looking at the ways get the most from mock exams, with practical steps to help you dial back the stress. Know your goals. Create a revision timetable 10 revision tips A good revision space What to do during mocks Review, reflect, repeat (this post) In this goal-setting post, I talked a bit about making sure you knew what you wanted to achieve. Now, when the mocks are done and you’ve had a week or two (hopefully!) you’ll be getting the results and finding out how well your strategies worked. You should go over papers and strategies …

Revising for mocks – a good revision space

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this series, I’m looking at the ways get the most from mock exams, with practical steps to help you dial back the stress. Know your goals. Create a revision timetable 10 revision tips A good revision space (this post) What to do during mocks Review, reflect, repeat A good revision space is important. You’re trying to do difficult things, and you need somewhere that you can focus. This post is about what that looks and feels like. Let’s start straight off by saying that this post is about ideal spaces. It won’t be practical for everybody, especially if you share …